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“I’m a fan of Clare”

HAD it not been for Covid-19, Ali Alabbas would have been in Semple Stadium and Páirc Uí Chaoimh this summer cheering on the Banner. “The first time I saw hurling was when I came to Ireland and I liked it. I’m a fan of Clare. I’ve been to a lot of places to see them play. Wherever Clare play I go, me and my son. I go with a friend who lives here in Sixmilebridge,” says Ali, a refugee who wound up in a Clare hurling heartland, after having to flee the chaos that swamped his native Syria. Ali and his wife Douma are happy in Sixmilebridge, where they live with their daughter and three sons, who range in age from nine to two years old, with their young boy having been born in Ireland. Due to the conflict in Syria, they arrived here as refugees, meaning they did not have to go into direct provision. Instead, they were sent …

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